Young Rider Mackinzie Pooley Buys Adventure Farm’s Partous for USA, German Campaigns

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Mackinzie Pooley on Partous with David Wightman.

American Young Rider Mackinzie Pooley has bought David Wightman’s 15-year-old Partous to try for the 2013 Brentina Cup as well as the Under-25 Grand Prix at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany.

“I am very excited about the future potential of this combination,” said David who operates Adventure Farms Dressage in Murrieta, California, with his wife, Kathleen Raine.

Mackinzie, who is one of David’s students, has been a frequent medalist at the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships since 2007 as well as Collecting Gaits Farm Reserve National Young Rider Champion in 2012 and 2010 and Junior Reserve Champion in 2008.

Partous, a KWPN gelding (Juventus x Ladyway x Hemmingway), has been competed by David through the U.S. national levels for close to 11 years and at international level Grand Prix for the past five years.

Mackinzie was Region 7 champion in both Junior Rider 4th Level and Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges, reserve champion at both California Dressage Society Horse of the Year Open Prix St. Georges and Region 7 Junior 3rd Level championship this year

The horse will remain at Adventure Farms. The first show with Mackinzie will be Thermal, California, in January.

The Brentina Cup, named after Debbie McDonald’s Olympic and world championship medalist and World Cup titleist mare, was developed to help U.S. riders aged 16 to 25 years transition to senior Grand Prix, similar to the increasingly popular and highly competitive Under-25 division in Europe.

Among graduates of the Under-25 division at the Olympics in London this summer were German team silver medalist Kristina Sprehe on her family’s Desperados and Morgan Barbançon who rode Painted Black, one of Anky van Grunsven’s World Cup winning mounts, for Spain.